As of the fall of 2017, Maker's purse earnings total nearly $77.6 million, with $11.5 million coming in 2016, his best year to date. In the 17 years of his career, he has posted a win rate of 22 percent and an in-the-money rate of 50 percent, and he currently ranks 29th among all North American trainers by earnings. 
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Like top trainers Todd Pletcher, and Kiaran McLaughlin Mike also spent time as an assistant of hall of fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.  Under Wayne Mike help develop such stars as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner CHARISMATIC, as well as Breeder's Cup winners CAT THIEF, ORIENTATE, SURFSIDE, and SPAIN

However its Mike's hardworking Midwestern roots that give him his hands on style.

 "My father was a trainer so I grew up around racing. We lived in Madison Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. My family raced at Hazel Park half the year and Detroit Race Course the other half, and like most kids I dreamed of winning the Kentucky Derby. Not only did I work at the track, but I was a racing fan. I owned my first horse when I was 13, and he won the first race we ran him in....I was hooked. I saved money for my first horse by delivering the Detroit Free Press and by walking hots on the weekends for my dad. I eventually worked up to assistant to my dad, and was an owner and trainer on my own for a short time. I was very fortunate to land a job with DWL (D. Wayne Lukas) in November 1993. This job enabled me to travel and gain a priceless wealth of experience at the highest level of thoroughbred racing."


Mike started his own stable in 2003, and has been winning ever since.  No doubt the experiences gained from working w/ both his father, and D. Wayne Lukas helped him break the record for wins last fall at historic Churchill Downs.


  • Two years after pulling a big upset with 21-to-1 Furthest Land in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Maker once again played the spoiler when his undefeated Hansen led gate to wire to win the 2011 Juvenile, a head in front of heavy favorite Union Rags. It was the second Breeders' Cup win for him from 11 starters.
  • In 2011, Maker's barn sent out multiple graded stakes winners. Former claimer Juanita took the Indiana Oaks (G2); Derby Kitten won the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (G3); La Gran Bailadora won the Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3); Headache won the Cornhusker Handicap (G3) and Hawthorne Gold Cup (G3); and Matthewsburg won the Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3). Stakes winner Dean's Kitten finished an extremely close second to Cape Blanco in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) and third behind the same foe in the Arlington Million (G1). Other stakes winners included Buster Rose, Ghost Is Cledar, Gung Ho, Lonesome Street, and Twinspired. 
  • Other recent standouts include 2010 Blue Grass Stakes (G1) winner Stately Victor; 2010 Sanford Stakes (G2) winner Maybesomaybenot; 2009 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) winner Accredit; 2006 Lane's End Stakes (G2) winner With a City and stakes winners Kera's Kitten, Forest Attack, Future Prospect, Just for Keeps, Unspoken Word, and Jack Spratt.
  • As of 2011, Maker had earned eight leading trainer titles at Turfway Park and earned his first Keeneland title in the fall of 2008. He amassed 31 wins in the 2008 Churchill Downs fall meet to not only earn his first title there, but also crush the previous record of 20. He won the 2010 Ellis Park meet and tied with Wesley Ward for the 2010 Kentucky Downs title. Based in Louisville, Maker has about 100 horses in training and races primarily in Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, and Florida..

"Like all these young guys that are successful, he's grown up with it. He's been a success in our program at every level. He's a very astute trainer with good horsemanship skills, and he's remarkably adept at dealing with people."
- D. Wayne Lukas